More clergy dollars going to Democrats

Obama the top recipient
Clergy and staffers of religious organizations are giving more to Democratic campaigns this year, marking a shift from four years ago when Republicans had the advantage.

Contributions to candidates, parties and committees from clergy and other individuals professionally affiliated with religious groups totaled $655,250 in the period surveyed, reports the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign donations.

Fifty-six percent of that money went to Democrats, according to the Washington-based center’s analysis of Federal Election Commission data on giving in the first three quarters of 2007.

By contrast, at the same point in 2003, clergy and religious staffers had given a total of $461,600 in contributions to candidates, parties and committees, with 59 percent going to Republicans.


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